Are Monster Energy Drinks Bad For You?

Monster Energy drinks are carbonated energy drinks made with caffeine and other ingredients, such as vitamins, sodium, and preservatives (via Livestrong). Depending on the type and flavor, Monster Energy drinks can contain anywhere from 70 to 80 milligrams of caffeine per serving and 140 to 187 milligrams per can. This is roughly around the same amount of caffeine as an 8-ounce cup of coffee, and the majority of Monster Energy drinks consist of two servings.

Unlike regular coffee, however, Monster Energy drinks are loaded with sodium, sugar, and chemical additives, which are not beneficial for your overall health. Just one can of Monster contains around 50 grams of sugar and 374 milligrams of sodium. That's 25% of your daily recommended intake of sodium and twice the amount of recommended sugar intake. While Monster Energy drinks may help boost your energy while keeping you focused and alert, drinking them on a regular basis can be detrimental to your health.

Side effects of energy drinks

Regardless of the brand, consuming energy drinks in excess can potentially cause some concerning and serious side effects. For instance, energy drinks can potentially cause heart problems (via Insider). Lauren Popeck, a registered dietitian with Orlando Health, told Insider that consuming energy drinks in large quantities can increase your heart rate, raise your blood pressure, and cause arrhythmia and heart palpitations. 

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, it is not safe for adults to consume more than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day. "These drinks are generally stimulants and can put a demand on the heart," Dr. Mohamad Moussa, an associate professor at the University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Science, told Insider. "If someone already has heart disease, which is one of the leading causes of mortality in the United States, energy drinks could have a negative effect on the body."

Drinking energy drinks in excess may also result in diabetes and other chronic illnesses. This is because consuming more than the recommended amount of sugar per day can increase your blood sugar levels and cause inflammation. Ultimately, this may raise your risk of heart disease and diabetes.